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Hands on a Hard Body: The Documentary (1997)

PG | | Documentary | 10 July 1998 (USA)
Twenty-four contestants compete in an endurance/sleep deprivation contest in order to win a brand new Nissan Hardbody truck. The last person to remain standing with his or her hand on the ... See full summary »

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Sid Allen ...
Himself (Longview Partnership)
Brent Baskin ...
Contest Judge
Greg Cox ...
Himself (contestant)
J.C. Crum ...
Himself (Jack Long Nissan)
Janis Curtis ...
Herself (contestant)
J.D. Drew ...
Himself (contestant)
Tom Felker ...
Himself (contestant)
David Grotheim ...
Contest Judge
Blake Long ...
Himself (Jack Long Nissan)
Kelli Mangrum ...
Herself (contestant)
Mike Marris ...
Himself (judge)
Raul Martinez ...
Himself (contestant)
Jan Maynard ...
Herself (marketing director / contest supervisor)
Ronald McCowan ...
Himself (contestant)
Kerri Parker ...
Herself (contestant)
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Twenty-four contestants compete in an endurance/sleep deprivation contest in order to win a brand new Nissan Hardbody truck. The last person to remain standing with his or her hand on the truck wins. An absurd marketing gimmick at first glance, the contest proves to be much more... Written by Anonymous

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When you lose your mind, you lose the contest. See more »

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Rated PG for some brief language
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$90,965 (USA) (28 August 1998)

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$492,876 (USA) (13 June 1999)
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Director 'Robert Altman' had planned to make a feature film based on this documentary, but died before the project could be realized. See more »

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Benny Perkins - 1992 Winner: I like to get down there earlier so my odds are higher.
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Referenced in The Middle: Heck on a Hard Body (2014) See more »

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Perkins is a genius, Bindler isn't
27 November 2000 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

Benny Perkins, the man who won a truck before and comes back to try the contest a second time, is a genuine cowboy genius. His opinions on the contest and his philosophy of life are inspirational. Maybe the reason Benny's thoughts made it into the film is that he gave a sit-down interview. Most of the other interesting action of the film happens off-screen, because Bindler and the other film makers failed to capture it. They miss people cheating in the contest, they miss Benny deciding to drop out, they even miss the most vital moment of the contest, when the first runner-up takes their hand off the truck.

Bindler also uses choppy, melodramatic, and extremely repetitious editing techniques. While this is a great subject for a documentary, and there are many fascinating people, especially Perkins, in the contest, Bindler fails to make a film to do th


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